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Forum topic by BLarge posted 03-09-2013 12:37 AM 553 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BLarge

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03-09-2013 12:37 AM

I want to put in a little bead profile around the edges of a drawer front on a sidetable I built, but I not sure sure the best way to do it… i was thinking a scratch stock to cut in the profile, buti have never used one… how do the work acorss the grain? do the tear out easily? I would expect the with the grain they are a snap…. ╦ćused Poplar for the tablle because it is getting Milk Paint over it for finish…. and a few coats of poly… Poplar is kind of hard, but its no oak…

thoughts, fellow Dust Makers?


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#1 posted 03-09-2013 01:31 AM

Roy Underhill showed a very simple way to make your own, an old slotted wood screw in a scrap…
They work quite well, but are a little tricky to stop! A quick scratch stock...

It really works good when it’s used on two sides of a piece, as for a corner decoration…A quick bead...

This is Oak, and only took a couple minutes…
To sharpen it, just run a metal file over the top of the screw…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 01:49 AM

Thanks for the heads up littlecope. I’m going to have to try that. Now what exactly is a “slotted screw?”

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 02:01 AM

Slotted screws are getting scarce my Friend! :)
Roy made a different one too… He hacksawed and filed a triangular notch into a hex bolt, and used it to “Scratch” out a dado!
I tried that too, and it works on pine, but is very slow-going in hardwood…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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